The Agent Insurance Services Celebrates Flag Day

BOARDMAN – Mike Vodhanel was greeted with a smiling face and brand new flag as he handed over his old, faded American flag June 14.

Vodhanel is one of hundreds of community members that came out to The Agent Insurance Services’ annual Flag Day exchange. He said he had been meaning to do something with his old flag for a long time and this was the perfect opportunity.

“I think this [event] is important to the community,” Vodhanel said. “Everybody can get out and do what they have to do.”

The flag exchange, which takes place every Flag Day at The Agent Insurance, is now in its third year.

“We want everyone to show their flags off, show their patriotism and paint the town red, white and blue,” said Ron Nanosky, founder of The Agent Insurance Services.

Although this particular event is growing in popularity, Nanosky said the company supports veterans year-round.

Morgan McGowan, The Agent Insurance Services marketing coordinator, exchanges a flag for local resident Mike Vodhanel.

“We just did a program called Save a Suit where we collected professional attire for veterans so they can have something for going to work or getting a job interview,” he said. “We collected over 350 suits to give to the nonprofit organization.”

Nanosky said his company also hosts events that commemorate Veterans Day and will continue to host events for Flag Day every year.

The Flag Day exchange took place at the agency’s Boardman and Salem offices. Each location started with 100 new flags.

The event was scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies lasted. By 11 a.m., only about 23 flags were left.

“It’s just getting bigger every year,” Nanosky said.

“We started off the first year with 50 [flags] and gradually just started stepping it up,” he adds. “Now we got up to 100 and we think that we are really going to have to step it up big for next year.”

Morgan McGowan, marketing coordinator for The Agent Insurance Services, said the company has developed event partnerships.

“Our partner that provides the flags, Operation Flags of Freedom, is awesome to work with and has made this event such a breeze,” McGowan said.

Operation Flags of Freedom, based in Massillon, was responsible for making the flags. The organization was founded in 2012 to promote patriotism and honor fallen military members by distributing flags.

McGowan, who also does the agency’s social media work, said it also uses social media platforms for the event. People are asked to post photos with their new flags and tag their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

“Every year it just grows in who takes interest in [the exchange] and it’s neat to see the numbers on the posts go up every year too,” she said. “It just keeps getting better and better.”

Pictured at top: Ron Nanosky, founder of The Agent Insurance Services, stands in front of the American flag at the company’s Boardman office.